Imagine what some of the great thinkers throughout history would have been like if they were able to experience the influence of the Internet. I’m sure there would be both positive and negative effects, but it’s tough to come up with a real argument against the fact that the Internet has made learning much easier for all of us.
There are very few questions that the Internet can’t answer for you, and that’s one of the many reasons that I love it. However, not all of us are curious enough to always know the right questions to ask. In this article, let me show you eight of the best websites that can introduce you to a piece of advice, a picture, a quote, or something else new and interesting every single day.
If you’ve been to any dictionary or thesaurus website, you’ve probably seen a version of this!
Merriam-Webster happens to have one of the best ways of presenting this to you, along with a “Did You Know?” just below it. All 365 days out of the year, Merriam-Webster picks an interesting and uncommon word and shows its pronunciation and definitions.
Astronomy Picture of the Day is a really awesome visual provided every single day by NASA. All image credits go to NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team.
The picture is shown as a thumbnail, hyperlinked to a high-resolution version of the image. Below the thumbnail, there is an explanation of exactly what you’re looking at in every new picture that they provide. If you really like these images, Astronomy Picture of the Day offers an archive that you can look through to see hundreds and hundreds more.
This is one that we could all really benefit from.
SAT Question of the Day is provided on the official SAT website. A random SAT-style question of a random SAT subject will be shown for you to test your answer. This is a really good website to wake up to. Check out SAT Question of the Day before you get into your typical workflow. Wake yourself up a bit, get yourself thinking, and possibly even learn something new.
Like Word of the Day, Quote of the Day is something you’re probably familiar with. BrainyQuote does it the best.
BrainyQuote’s Quote of the Day offers a picture quote, text quote, and then four other daily quotes in categories: love, art, nature, and funny.
Who other than National Geographic would be able to present us these beautiful photos?
National Geographic’s Picture of the Day gets thousands of shares on social networks every day (which can be done quite easily, thanks to those buttons above the thumbnail). Below each photograph is an explanation of what you’re seeing:
Cherry blossom is called sakura in Japanese. It is a Japanese symbolic flower. There are various kinds of cherry trees, and an especially old cherry tree is called edo-higan.
Some of these photos are even offered in wallpaper format. On Photo of the Day, you’ll find beautiful scenes of nature, animals, abstracts, and more.
Advice of the Day is provided by The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Advice of the Day offers one-liners and philosophical tidbits that always come across as interesting and informational. Advice of the Day is available as an RSS feed, but doesn’t offer any archive or way of looking back past the most recent week’s advice.
Reference.com’s Fact of the Day is always a great way to learn a random fact and important information about the current day.
Along with this fact, Fact of the Day offers a list of holidays, events, births, and deaths that occur or have occured on this day. This is probably my favorite overall website of this category, as it offers a lot of really neat stuff to learn. There’s a holiday for every day on the calendar and reading through the daily events is a history lesson in itself.
This Day in History is provided by Fact Monster and is very similar to the Events section of Fact of the Day.
This Day in History is always a great read, and you’re sure to learn something new. The formatting makes it easy to read and is appreciated. Facts are broken down by year in history. You’re able to add This Day in History to My Yahoo!, Google, Bloglines, and more. It comes available as an RSS feed. You’re also able to search through past and future dates, which is a really great feature. Saikat covered this website and four more similar ones in 5 Websites To Go Back In Time & Find Out What Happened This Day In History.
Keep track of these eight websites. Bookmark them or subscribe to them through your RSS reader, if you can. Work checking through this into your morning routine and you’ll be a better person.
Which of these websites do you enjoy the most? Feel free to let me know in the comments section below, or even show off some other “of the day” websites.